Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Live long, and prosper.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Sparks Street, Ottawa. 21 November, 2012.

Friday, October 19, 2012

In the Booth

These pictures were taken in early September at Zahara Jewellery at 343 Richmond Road in Westboro, Ottawa. The models are from Angie's Models and Talent. The phone both was there and the models posed and acted beautifully. Vanessa Myers and Laurence Houde proved to be not only first rate models but amazing actors.

 Vanessa Myers
 Laurence Houde

Monday, October 15, 2012

Factory by Night

E.B. Eddy factory, Gatineau, Quebec.
14th October, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

X-Pro1 Firmware Update

Sie kommen! - Major Werner Pluskat, 6th June, 1944

The Fujifilm is getting a major (where did I hear that word?) firmware update that will likely be the panacea for this camera. The Version 2 firmware update is on its way. On the 18th of September, 2012, the new firmware update will be available. It will address pretty well all of the challenges that currently face the X-Pro1. Here is the press release from Fujifilm Canada:

A special thank you goes to Greg Poole, who in Canada listened to X-Pro1 owners and passed the suggestions, big and small, to the Fujifilm technical staff in Japan. And thank you to the technical staff. I can't wait to upload the firmware and put the camera through the rigors that it is meant to perform.

Also, thank you, Fujirumors for its help and reserve. Fujirumors took a level headed approach in this announcement, never jumping to outlandish conclusions. This is why I take the site seriously. Thank you!

Also, an uploading tip. When loading the firmware onto the SD card, the instructions state to load onto the desktop. Just load directly onto the SD card. From all angles it is a far better plan.

Addendum, 11 September, 2012: Fujirumors has posted a clip from, showing the improvements from the firmware update. The narrative is in Thai, but you won't have a problem following the clip. All in all, it is positive and exciting.

The stunning model Natalie Cruickshank

The last two pictures are of Kailah Villeneuve, Ottawa model.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The X-Pro1 Goes to the Burlesque!

The Burlesque network in Ottawa is healthy and vibrant. On Thursday the 16th of August, Maxwell's Bistro and Night Club offered Strip Cheese - A Burlesque Tribute to Rock Anthems, Power Ballads & Love Songs. Now I have my annual fill of Bon Jovi and Kiss.

This event put the Fujifilm X-Pro1 to its test. Where it succeeded, it was the best camera in the room, and that is in the company of Canon 5D IIs and Nikon D700s. That said, Continuous Focusing was a problem in the low light conditions, painfully slow and sometimes downright erroneous. So I went to spot focusing and damn it, it worked fine! However, and this is with Continuous Focus, the focusing hunting time is terribly long, often taking valuable seconds. Let's hope that Fujifilm looks further into this.  I used the 35mm f1.4 Fujinon lens. This prohibited my view but encouraged me to compose physically, moving closer to and away from the subject. I can`t wait for Fuji to release the new f1.4 23 and 56mm lenses to help the composition even further.

The Burlesque was fun and you can tell by the crowd watching. Many of the shots were done at speeds as low as 1/8th  of a second. All shots were done at between ISO 5000 and mainly 6400.

The last picture is of a Harley-Davidson motorbike and the leg of Stephanie Gagne. Thank you, Stephanie. We took this as we left the burlesque.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hail Victoria!

Meet Victoria van Eyk, a damned good friend of mine. And not because she looks like the femme fatale in a Raymond Chandler novel, but she's smart and a really nice person (not to mention that she looks like the femme fatale in a Raymond Chandler novel). 

She and her sister Olivia are the owners of Mafia Jewellery . Nice, well made and interesting jewellery at a good price. It's an offer you can't refuse.

You guessed it. Shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens. These pictures were shot at the Bayshore gala in Ottawa, 1st August, 2012.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

More Night Shots in Ottawa with the Fujifilm X-Pro-1

The Byward Market in Ottawa is the reveling centre on Saturday in Ottawa. The bars are filled to capacity, and so are the patrons. I went out on the street at night in the Market and shot pictures at about 11:00 p.m. with the Fujifilm X-Pro1, the native Fujinon f1.4 35mm lens and a fast Sandisk 16gb Extreme Pro SD card. With the exception of the third picture, (ISO 1000), all shots were done at a dizzying ISO 6400. For stability on the camera, I added the Thumbs Up CSEP-1S thumb rest that I bought from Rob Skeoch of The Rangefinder Store in Burlington, Ontario. For portrait format pictures, the Thumbs Up is a valuable addition to the X-Pro1 and Leica M cameras.

The auto focus was surprisingly stable and seems to be faster than usual. This little camera can take on any dark situation efficiently and promptly. Fujifilm was wise not to place the FUJI logo on the face of the camera, making it nearly invisible to the subject. Canons and Nikons are noticeable  for their logos on the pentaprism of the camera, and frankly everyone agrees that the red dot on the Leica takes away from the camera. The stealthy X-Pro1 is a handy street machine. Once the auto focus is further improved it will match any Leica. Those are tough words from a Leica addict.